Micro 10 C's Kit Testing: Wire SawDon't Miss the other Micro 10 C's Testing Posts: (Pocket 10 C's Kit; Gorilla Tape Tinder Bundle-LINK; Gorilla Tape Container- LINK; Gorilla Tape Cordage-LINK; Produce Water Bag- LINK).
So in preparation for my upcoming Micro 10 C'S Kit field test I have been testing some of the contents for ease of use and durability and today I tackle the divisive wire/commando saw and determine how it would work out in a survival situation. First and foremost, I didn't buy this it came with one of several kits and I have a ton of them laying around. While most people absolutely hate these tiny little saws as they tend to break quickly. I honestly believe this is due to an improper use of the saw. While the saw's packaging shows the saw put into action at very steep bends around limbs and that is when the saw fails the most often (unfortunately that is also how it works the best), so from the onset I knew I was going to make this saw into a bow style saw to minimize the stress on the wire. So to get all of this started here is a quick video I took of my buddy Jeremy putting the saw to use while cutting a little fire wood recently.
Overview of the cutting process in pictures:
4) Nearly 3/4 of the way through the saw begins to show some signs of slack, at this point you would need to tighten the saw for further use to prevent the possibility of failure.
Conclusions:This saw is not the albatross that many make it out to be. We were able to process fire wood for several hours without any issues so from a durability perspective this saw has my vote. From an efficiency perspective this saw is a failure in my book. A Bacho Laplander or an improvised bow saw will leave this thing in the "saw dust;" also the calories expended to cut materials mostly outweighed the gain as I could simply break the stick using another method. From a weight and size perspective this saw can't be beat! While a Bacho is my preference it simply will not fit in an Altoids tin, the same can be said of a bow saw blade. I definitely wouldn't use this saw as the package demonstrates but it seems to work in an semi-effective manner as a bow saw.
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